Solved smart failure predicted on hard drive dish 0 replace 05h dis

July 28, 2012 at 16:15:00
Specs: Windows XP
I have a laptop and rec'd this message..
I did back up my important data.

Before i run out and purchase a new computer or hard drive I wondered if I uninstall windows xp and re-install would that help?? (repair shop said yes, but I want another opinion)


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July 29, 2012 at 07:12:11
S.M.A.R.T. = Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology

If SMART is reporting imminent failure, that means the hard drive is defective. You can't fix a bad drive by reinstalling Windows. I agree with Razor - find another repair shop.

"In looking at the spec from my Presario I had 64 ram but later I added another 1 GB, my hard drive was 6.4 GB"

I think it's unlikely a system with 64MB & 6.4GB HDD would support 1GB RAM. The Dell D600 only supports up to 2GB & I suspect it's much newer than your Presario. And the D600 is almost 10 yrs old.

I suggest you limit the HDD size to 120GB or less. IDE/PATA HDDs are getting harder to find but I saw this Seagate 80GB at Geeks.com for $40:

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?in...

Do you have an XP disc? Do you know how to partiton/format & install Windows?



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July 28, 2012 at 16:42:45
No, the laptop hardware itself is telling you to expect a drive failure. The laptop preforms these checks before booting Windows so reinstalling Windows won't help, and could aggravate the dying hard drive.

Unless, of course, this is displayed in a popup inside Windows. In which case you might have a virus.

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July 28, 2012 at 19:52:06
I rec'd a Dell Latitude D600 from work (free) they took the hard drives out of them so now I need to find one..
In looking at the spec from my Presario I had 64 ram but later I added another 1 GB, my hard drive was 6.4 GB..

So what I am looking for in a dell hard drive?? I do not understand the computer language on the web sites but I'm looking for about the same amt. of everything.


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July 29, 2012 at 05:31:18
Probably not 6.4GB, as 30GB was the smallest offered. You'll want a 2.5" EIDE hard drive. It needs to be 2.5", or it won't physically fit, and it needs to be EIDE or it won't work.

There's a bit of work involved in changing hard drives, so I suggest you get a good PC repair shop to install it for you. I probably wouldn't take it to that last place you took it, or really anyone who thinks SMART errors can be fixed by reinstalling Windows.

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July 29, 2012 at 07:12:11
✔ Best Answer
S.M.A.R.T. = Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology

If SMART is reporting imminent failure, that means the hard drive is defective. You can't fix a bad drive by reinstalling Windows. I agree with Razor - find another repair shop.

"In looking at the spec from my Presario I had 64 ram but later I added another 1 GB, my hard drive was 6.4 GB"

I think it's unlikely a system with 64MB & 6.4GB HDD would support 1GB RAM. The Dell D600 only supports up to 2GB & I suspect it's much newer than your Presario. And the D600 is almost 10 yrs old.

I suggest you limit the HDD size to 120GB or less. IDE/PATA HDDs are getting harder to find but I saw this Seagate 80GB at Geeks.com for $40:

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?in...

Do you have an XP disc? Do you know how to partiton/format & install Windows?


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July 29, 2012 at 08:52:18
wow..thanks for the info..yes I have the xp disk,but no I don't know how to format.

Frankly if the D600 is that old( 10 yrs) is it even worth the time and money to purchase a hard drive??

Aloha
Linda


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#6
July 29, 2012 at 09:20:40
I went to the site and looked at the Seagate Momentus 5400. I was comparing the specs to my Presario spec..Don't understand it all but are they close in spec.?
And is there a difference between EIDE and just IDE hard drive??

Thanks for all your answers to my questions..
You guys have been awesome and very helpful to this non-computer person!


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#7
July 29, 2012 at 09:46:07
"I was comparing the specs to my Presario spec"

I thought the HDD was for the Dell D600?


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#8
July 29, 2012 at 09:56:04
yes the new hard drive would be for my D600..just wanted to compare specs I suppose to see if I'd have pretty much same performance.

and is Eide same as IDE?

aloha


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July 29, 2012 at 10:49:44
IDE = EIDE = UDMA = ATA100 = PATA, basically all refer to the same thing.

Generally speaking, the larger the buffer & higher the RPMs, the better the performance. But you're dealing with an old system so you're going to have to deal with old technology & lower performance. 8MB buffer & 5400RPM were pretty much standard for older laptop HDDs.

FYI, IDE/PATA isn't used anymore, it's been superseded by SATA which debuted in 2003.


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#10
July 29, 2012 at 21:52:57
wow,you guys are awesome!!

Big Mahalo (thank you) from Hawaii for all your help and great advice..

Aloha


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